See you at the Armory Show this weekend?
Doesn’t the Marché St George look like just the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a cappuccino and a good book, amid fresh produce, gourmet groceries and vintage finds? That pizzette would be a tasty accompaniment, too.
Vancouver, here we come.
First thing you do when you check into a hotel In typical OCD fashion, I unpack and line up all my shoes in a row, then grab the local guides (if it’s a new destination) and I’m out the door while it’s still light.
You never leave home without… My travel journal, which has its own dedicated blog post.
You always return home with… An antique travel trunk crammed to the gills with vintage finds from whatever god-forsaken flea market I’ve discovered.
Best souvenir It’s a tie between a 1950s Ford carved from a single piece of teak (unearthed at the San Telmo flea market in Buenos Aires) and a collection of century-old antler mounts from the Naschmarkt in Vienna.
Quintessential Chicago Visit Twin Anchors for ribs so perfect they will make you cry. Go for a motorcyle ride on a near-traffic-less LSD (that’s Lake Shore Drive for you out-of-towners) on a late summer night. Order a Negroni slushie at Parson’s Chicken & Fish.
Favourite destination Ireland. The stone cottages, the backroads with their hedgerows that beg you to blissfully get lost, the locals to belly up next to at the bar, the endless beauty from the cliffs to the fishing villages, the stubborn sheep in the road… Driving the coastline from Shannon to Dublin. I’d do it again tomorrow.
Worst travel experience Losing my luggage in Hong Kong. I’m still in therapy.
Some of our favourite ladies – Claire and Erica of Of a Kind – just gave Conde Nast Traveler their definitive Los Angeles city guide. Good thing we’re going to be there this weekend for the Cream event, so we can drop in to some of their top shops.
Over winter yet? We are. Obviously, the best way to combat the late-winter blues is with a last-minute getaway and we’ve got just the ticket. The James New York is offering Smith members only discounts on every length of stay for the rest of March, with a maximum of 20 per cent off stays of seven nights or more.
If you’re really lucky, you might even end up in New York on the first warm day of the year.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if hotels still gave out artistic luggage labels? We vote that our very own Hotel Savoy make a return to its vintage days with these. That alone might be a reason to plan a trip to Florence…
Last trip Aspen for our ‘mini-moon’ back in September. We stayed at the Little Nell – it was the most incredible experience, they even have a car you can borrow to experience Aspen. A friend recommended this amazing taco joint, Taqueria El Nopal, in Basalt, the next town over. We went for a michelada, marg and some tacos, then came back to hang out in our outdoor hot tub with its incredible view of the mountains.
Next trip Europe, for a sort-of-honeymoon. My husband is from Belgium and his grandmother couldn’t make it to the wedding, so we thought we’d visit her and then tack on a few other cities, like Paris, Sorrento (where we’re staying at Villa dei D’Armiento!) and Rome. Since we’re both in the restaurant business, we are currently trying to whittle down our list of places to eat.
First thing you do when you check into a hotel Much to my husband’s chagrin, I immediately make a hotel room our home, even if we are only there for one night. Clothes in the drawers, jackets hung, toiletries in the bathroom… I even bring framed pictures to set on the nightstand. Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea.
You never leave home without… My make-up essentials: Claudio Riaz bronzer is a must – it literally makes your skin glow. A quick swipe of Yves Saint Laurent mascara and Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave, add a scarf and I’m good to go.
You always return home with… Gifts for my family; something meaningful and place-specific, like spices, salts, mustards or local clothing.
Best souvenir I don’t believe in souvenirs for myself. Gifts for others are another story.
Meal you’ll never forget In Paris, at the classic Le Comptoir bistro – all my favorite classic dishes, white wine, in a loud bustling atmosphere. Best of all, it was my husband’s and my first night in Paris – we had only been dating a year. Young love!
Quintessential New York Central Park. You recognize so many spots from movies and feel like you are in an alternate universe. It’s a part of the city that has so much energy and feels like such an iconic New York experience. The Gramercy neighborhood (where Maialino is located) is also great for walking around. Places like Gramercy Park make you feel like you’ve gone in back in time. It’s also home to a number of great restaurants.
Favourite destination My hometown of Rutland, Vermont. I love the casualness of it, the slow pace and the persistently friendly people, not to mention the natural beauty.
Aloha from the big island! Wish you were here at Ho‘okena️ Beach, Hawaii, where we’re about to get into one of those sea kayaks and go out and explore. You wouldn’t believe how clear these waters are.
Hang ten, or something…
Next time you want to make like Lena Dunham, you won’t have to go to Brooklyn to do it. The latest episode of Girls saw the crew at our very own Gramercy Park Hotel for some soul-searching, drama, the whole shebang… Love you, New York.